It was still dark when we got to the race site. This is my bike, situated on the bike rack - ready for the race.
I am very pleased with the race. Both of my daughters finished. They are awesome. They both had pink bandanas with skulls on them! People would say to them - you look like twins - and they would say "we are!". They don't look one thing alike, but they indeed are twins.
I am also pleased because I gave this race everything I had. My time was 3 minutes, 30 seconds longer than I had hoped, but I really gave it my all. (My goal was to finish in under 2 hours.) I really swam the entire time - free style. I really pushed it on the bike. And I ran the entire 3.1 miles. I just was slower than I would have liked. I could definitely shave some time off my transition times... that accounts for over 10 minutes right there.
When I finished, there were some AA folks at the finish line and they yelled out my name. I can't tell you how good that felt! They were there with another participant, but it was great to be supported like that. And I got to see my other friend as she finished. Lots of sweaty hugs and high fives.
We all went out for lunch after the race at a favorite Japanese place. I have taken the girls there since they were children. That is where they learned to use chopsticks. It was fun. We were dressed all in pink, and had numbers on our arms and legs - it was fun to respond when people asked us what we had been doing. It feels really really good to say "We just finished a triathlon!"
I am totally wiped out now. I had hoped to sleep the afternoon away, but only slept for a half hour. I have a headache, not sure if it is from dehydration or lack of caffeine. So I am drinking Diet Dr. Pepper - the nectar of the gods. And the First Pre-Season FOOTBALL game of the year will be on at 6:00 MDT!!!! Yippppeee!
Thanks for all your well-wishes. I really appreciate it.
"We beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas, and the result was nil - until we let go absolutely." -- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58